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PerpetuityARC Training associate Paul Barker made life member of ASIS International and life CPP

PerpetuityARC Training, which is part of the Linx International Group, has announced that associate trainer Paul Barker has been made a life member of ASIS International and a life CPP. The accolade acknowledges Barker’s significant contribution to the international success of ASIS International’s Certified Protection Professional qualification.

In 1993, Barker became the third security professional in the UK to be awarded the CPP qualification. Two years later, he was instrumental in expanding the course in the UK by enabling the examination to be taken outside of the US for the first time.

As an ASIS training officer, Barker delivered two courses per year, and in just three years CPP numbers in the UK rose to 94. This resulted in Barker being presented with the inaugural Mervyn David Award by the UK Chapter of ASIS International.

Today, ASIS International is the world’s largest association of security management professionals. PerpetuityARC Training is proud to be a long-standing ASIS education partner. The company recently revealed that 98% of security professionals choosing its courses to train for their ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP) and CPP qualifications in 2018 passed their examinations at the first attempt.

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Paul Barker (left) receives his recognition certificate from David Clark CPP PSP PCI (chairman of ASIS UK)

Explaining the reasons for PerpetuityARC Training’s success, Barker said: “The courses are very well developed and expertly delivered in a manner that enables learners to retain the volumes of data and apply it to the examination. The material is extremely comprehensive and ties-in perfectly with the recommended reading for the exam.”

Ciaran Barry, director of Group operations at the Linx International Group, stated: “Paul’s contribution to the training continues to be exemplary and we’re proud to have him as an important part of the PerpetuityARC Training team. He continues a long tradition of teaching security professionals to the highest standards, helping them attain meaningful qualifications that advance their careers.”

In addition to the ASIS training programmes, Barker also delivers the IQ Level 4 course ‘Managing Security Risks in the Oil and Gas Sector’. This programme is designed for professionals in the extraction, energy, exploration and production industries. Barker’s background in strategic security management at one of the world’s largest oil companies stands him in good stead as the Linx International Group’s subject matter expert in this particular field.

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ASIS International achieves Category-A Liaison status to ISO/TC 292 from ISO

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has granted ASIS International Category-A Liaison status to the Security and Resilience Technical Committee (ISO/TC 292), effective as of 27 June.

The ISO/TC 292 Security and Resilience Technical Committee operates within a broad scope of work that covers a variety of security topics including protective security, continuity and organisational resilience, emergency management and fraud.

“ASIS sought liaison status to ensure the relevancy, applicability and integrity of ISO security and resilience standards,” said Bernie Greenawalt CPP, chairman of ASIS International’s Standards and Guidelines Commission. “This status provides members with the opportunity to collaborate with professionals from around the world to help shape and advance security standards in ISO/TC 292.”

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In January, the Standards and Guidelines Commission formed an international task force charged with charting a path forward for ASIS International’s participation in ISO standards. The Technical Committee recommended participation as a liaison organisation in the ISO/TC 292 as an important step forward.

“Gaining Category-A Liaison status demonstrates ISO’s recognition of the expertise ASIS members bring to global standardisation efforts,” stated Werner Cooreman CPP PSP, leader of the international task force. “Through its member base of 35,000 from across 129 countries, ASIS International can provide ISO/TC 292 with direct access to highly specialised technical experts.”

In the coming months, the Standards and Guidelines Commission will establish a structure for the international panel of experts to support the work conducted by ISO/TC 292.

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Global Security Exchange accepting applications for 2018 Innovative Product Awards

ASIS International is now inviting exhibiting companies to enter the 2018 Innovative Product Awards: a competition designed to recognise “the most groundbreaking offerings” on the Global Security Exchange (GSX) expo floor. Winners will be announced and recognised at the 2018 GSX, which takes place from 23-27 September at the Las Vegas Convention Centre and is expected to attract more than 20,000 security professionals from over 100 countries.

“While there are many awards programmes out there, the Innovative Product Awards stand apart because the judges are security practitioners,” said Howard Belfor CPP, co-chair of the awards programme and a member of the ASIS Board of Directors. “They are the individuals who use these products every day. They bring tremendous expertise to the judging process. For attendees, this means that award winners offer peer-distinguished products that address industry trends and are well worth exploring on the GSX expo floor.”

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Formerly the ASIS Accolade Competition, the revamped Innovative Product Awards will spotlight the leading products (encompassing hardware, software, testing materials, practices and thought leadership) designed to tackle current and emerging global security risks and threats. A team of judges representing security practitioners, thought leaders and industry experts will select up to ten winners based on their level of innovation, unique attributes and specific benefits offered to the security industry. In addition, one product will be named ‘The Judges’ Choice’.

The Innovative Product Awards provide an opportunity for companies to demonstrate new products and services at the show and across the security marketplace.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 3 August. Winners will be honoured at the GSX and given time to showcase how their product addresses market needs on the new X Stage. This is a learning theatre located on the GSX expo floor where esteemed industry experts will present future-forward sessions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, robotics and drones.

*For complete entry details visit the Innovative Product Awards web page at https://www.gsx.org/highlights-events/awards/ or e-mail exhibits@asisonline.org

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Pelco by Schneider Electric’s Optera cameras capture People’s Choice Award at ASIS 2015

Pelco by Schneider Electric has announced that attendees voted its Optera 180 degree, 270 degree and 360 degree panoramic cameras the 2015 ASIS Accolades ‘Security’s Best’ People’s Choice Award winner. 

The award was presented during a networking luncheon held at the 61st annual ASIS International Seminar and Exhibits in Anaheim, California.

Offering “the industry’s only multi-sensor camera that produces seamless panoramic video”, Pelco’s state-of-the-art Optera cameras allow end users to immerse themselves within any scene, free of the gaps often found with traditional panoramic cameras.

Pelco by Scneider Electric's Optera surveillance cameras

Pelco by Scneider Electric’s Optera surveillance cameras

“We’re honoured to be recognised by our customers through this prestigious award,” said Herve Fages, senior vice-president for the video business line at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “After all, it’s about the unique user experience with our Optera camera and end users are our customers. No other competitor in the market today has an innovative camera solution that produces the seamless, high quality panoramic images delivered by Optera. The difference is immediately apparent to end users. They no longer have to look past the visual imperfections. With Optera, users only see the cohesive panoramic views, much like the human eye.”

Optera was one of 42 new product and service solutions submitted to the ASIS 2015 Accolades Competition. Each year, the awards are voted on by a panel of end users and experts, and are presented to the companies with the most innovative new technology solutions based on their demonstrated level of innovation, unique attributes and the benefit(s) the solution brings to the security world in general.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be the recipients of such a distinguished award acknowledging the innovation of our Optera cameras,” said Kim Loy, vice-president of marketing at Pelco by Schneider Electric. “We’re so pleased that it was the People’s Choice Award because the recognition comes directly from our customers.”

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Securitas to host inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar

Securitas has been announced as the main sponsor and organiser for the inaugural ASIS UK Enterprise Risk Management Northern Seminar.

The seminar, which will take place at the University of Leeds on Thursday 9 April 2015, will afford delegates an understanding of how organisations can use Enterprise Risk Management to deliver their security and risk-related services.

Speakers on the day will include Neil Gammon (head of physical security at Sky) who will give an insight into managing enterprise risk within a creative media organisation and Dr Kevin Macnish, teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds. Macnish is to deliver a talk on how risk may be managed from an ethical perspective.

Securitas’ Gail Pinkerton, account director on the Workman contract, will present delegates with a Case Study on security risk management within a business environment, duly explaining how Securitas works alongside the property management and building consultancy to minimise and mitigate risk.

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Dr Peter Speight CSyP: director of security risk management at Securitas

Speaking about the event, Dr Peter Speight CSyP (director of security risk management at Securitas, an ASIS UK member and recently elected UK Chapter Secretary) told Risk UK: “We’re very much looking forward to this event and we’re delighted that nearly 100 delegates have registered. Enterprise risk management is such a focused area for risk and security professionals. Indeed, the interest in this event has given us the confidence to look into hosting even more in the future.”

​ASIS International is one of the leading organisations for security professionals with more than 38,000 members worldwide, all of whom are involved in the protection of people, property and assets.

Founded in 1955, the organisation is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programmes and materials that address broad security interests.

The seminar begins at 1.30 pm and there will be drinks, canapés and networking opportunities from 6.00 pm. Those interested in attending should contact the ASIS UK Office either by telephone (01494 488599) or e-mail: info@asis.org.uk

Securitas awarded ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management accreditation

Securitas is also pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 27001: 2013 Information Security Management standard, demonstrating the company’s firm commitment to providing the highest quality of service to its customers.

ISO 27001 is an internationally-recognised certification developed as a Best Practice standard which enables organisations to formalise and verify that risks are properly identified and managed. It also demonstrates to customers and stakeholders alike that the security of their information is taken seriously.

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow of Securitas

David Barlow, business standards and risk manager at Securitas, said: “In 2014, we completed an internal review of the whole of our UK security operations and realised we needed to concentrate on improving our data protection policies if we were to seriously advance in the security solutions aspect of the industry.”

Securitas duly sought the services of UKAS quality and compliance auditing body ALCUMUS, and soon realised that accreditation to ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management would be required in order to satisfy the needs of both the security services and security solutions sectors.

In June last year, a member of the business standards team was appointed as project manager to concentrate on key areas which included the communications centre, ALCUMUS, environmental Health and Safety, the standards department, screening, finance, the Alarm Response Centre and the Help Desk function.

Following a period of internal and external audits and the creation of the Information Security Management System, all information – either printed or written on paper, stored electronically, transmitted by post or using electronic means, shown on films or spoken in conversation – is now handled and stored in a secure manner.

All assets, either physical or electronic, are also risk assessed and suitable control measures taken to ensure the security of these assets.

Subsequently, the ISO 27001:2013 accreditation has now been awarded in respect of Securitas’ UK operations in Birmingham, Wellingborough, Milton Keynes and Uxbridge.

Barlow concluded: “This accreditation demonstrates to our customers that we take all aspects of IT and data security very seriously indeed. I believe that not only will it be of great benefit in winning new clients but will also help us to retain our existing ones. I’m fully confident Securitas will be reaping the rewards of all this hard work in the months to come. “

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Free online access to the Security Journal during March for readers of Risk UK

From 1-31 March 2015, publisher Palgrave Macmillan is offering free online access to all of its journals, including Security Journal

Edited by Professor Martin Gill FSyI (director of Perpetuity Research) and Bonnie Fisher and affiliated with ASIS International, Security Journal is – like Risk UK, in fact – a dynamic publication specifically designed to keep its readers informed about the latest developments and techniques in security management.

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Professor Martin Gill

If the readers of Risk UK have not yet had a chance to sample the journal then we hope you will take advantage of this excellent opportunity in March.

We also encourage you to spread the word among your colleagues across the security world.

*Learn more about the Access All Areas promotion

*Explore all Palgrave’s journals in the sphere of Crime and Security

 

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New Supply Chain Risk Management Standard published by ASIS International

​ASIS International has issued a new standard to help organisations address operational risks in their supply chains, including risks to tangible and intangible assets.

Developed by a global, cross-disciplinary technical team in partnership with the Supply Chain Security Council, the ‘Supply Chain Risk Management: A Compilation of Best Practises’ Standard will serve as a practitioner’s guide to Supply Chain Risk Management (SCRM) and associated processes for the management of risks within a given company and its end-to-end supply chain.

This guidance Standard is a compilation of current Best Practice techniques. It presents a generic approach to risk and resilience management that’s applicable to all types of risk and all types of organisations. View the Executive Summary (PDF). ASIS members are allowed one free download.

Assessment and control of risk events

SCRM is a vital process for organisations reliant upon extended operations – both internal and external – for their success. It involves the assessment and control of risk events at all points in an end-to-end supply chain, from sources of raw materials through to end use by customers and consumers alike.

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

ASIS International has produced a new Supply Chain Risk Management Standard

“In today’s global economy, all organisations have critical dependencies and interdependencies,” explained Dr Marc H Siegel, commissioner of the ASIS Global Standards Initiative. “Therefore, to build a resilient business it’s essential to understand the organisation’s supply chain and how risks within the business and its supply chain impact the achievement of objectives.”

Dr Siegel added: “Based on the experiences of both large and small organisations, this is the first standard to provide practical guidance around managing risks in the supply chain to increase the resilience capacity for businesses and create value.”

The SCRM Standard will help practitioners anticipate, prevent, protect, mitigate, manage, respond to and recover from potentially undesirable and disruptive events, as well as identify opportunities.

However, the best strategy for addressing risk events will be determined by the organisation’s context of operations, its risk appetite and the results of risk assessments.

Adoption of this standard should build on rather than supplant existing specialisedd risk programmes.

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2014 Imbert Prize winners announced by the Association of Security Consultants

The Association of Security Consultants held its Annual Luncheon on Thursday 26 June. The winners of the 2014 Imbert Prizes were announced at the event, which was held in central London at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly.

To its great credit, the Board of the Association of Security Consultants (ASC) continually seeks to encourage the development of ideas for the advancement of risk and security management in the UK.

One of the ways in which this excellent ethos manifests itself is by way of an annual prize – the hugely prestigious Imbert Prize.

Named after one of the Association’s Patrons – Lord Peter Imbert CVO QPM JP, former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Lord Lieutenant of Greater London – the Imbert Prize always consists of three separate awards. These are the University Dissertation Award, the Security Associations Award and the ASC Award.

The University Dissertation Award

Each year, an award of £1,000 is bestowed for a selected dissertation submitted by an academic institution. Cranfield, Leicester, Loughborough and Portsmouth Universities are each invited to submit a dissertation produced by one of their students – a dissertation relevant to the discipline of consultancy in the security profession.

The Judging Panel (which, in 2014, included Mike Bluestone CSyP, immediate past-chairman of The Security Institute among its cohort) is appointed by the ASC’s chairman and Board.

All Judging Panel members are independent of any of the institutions submitting dissertations.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Lt Col Paul Easter (Cranfield University) for his dissertation entitled: ‘Jihadist Use of Technology: 1998-2013’.

Runners-Up

In 2014, the runners-up are Andrew Bates (University of Leicester): ‘Whistleblowing in the Private Security Industry – Factors That Influence The Reporting of Wrongdoing’, Stuart Senior (Loughborough University): ‘Mine Action Industry: Is There A Case for a New Approach to Security When Working In Current or Post-Conflict Zones’ and Stephen Green (University of Portsmouth): ‘An Investigation of Current Security Technology Procurement Paradigms and Subsequent Effects on Perceived Efficacy’.

The Security Associations Award

This element of the Imbert Prize is awarded to the person deemed to have made the most notable contribution to the security sector in the preceding 12 months.

Nominations are received each year from The Security Institute, the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the International Professional Security Association (IPSA) and ASIS International’s UK Chapter.

2014 Winner

The winner for 2014 is Peter Finch CSyP CPP FSyI FCMI FInstLM, former head of security at the Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and now security manager at the Coventry Building Society.

ASIS Nominee: Adrian Leppard (Commissioner, City of London Police)
BSIA Nominee: Andrew Rennison (former UK Surveillance Camera Commissioner)
IPSA Nominee: Geoff Tate (CEO, Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board)

The ASC Award

This award is bestowed upon the ASC member who has made the most significant contribution to independent security consultancy in the preceding year. The nominee is put forward by the ASC, as adjudged by the ASC Award Panel.

2014 Winner

The winner in 2014 is Joe Connell (director, Praemunitus Intelligence and Risk Consultants Ltd)

*Long-standing ASC member and founding director Nigel Flower was also named an Honorary Life President of the ASC

**The Keynote Address was given by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach KCB CBE ADC BA MPhil DTech DLitt FRAes RAF, Vice-Chief of the Defence Staff

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UK Joint Security Associations Annual Charity Dinner: 30 September 2014

The inaugural Joint Security Associations Annual Fundraising Dinner will be held on Tuesday 30 September 2014 at the Grange City Hotel, a spectacular five star venue which overlooks the Tower of London.

This will be a prestigious Black Tie event, and will allow those attending the perfect opportunity to network with colleagues, entertain guests or simply enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time helping to support two very worthy charities.

The ticket price of £100 includes an exquisite three-course dinner menu and one free entry into the £20 ticketed prize raffle.

This year, the guest speaker will be Lord Carlile of Berriew CBE QC (President of The Security Institute).

The event will begin with a welcome reception at 6.30 pm followed by the dinner which will conclude at 11.00 pm, with a cash bar in operation both during and after.

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

The Grange City Hotel near Tower Bridge in London

Security associations and their nominated charities

The security associations involved (including The City Of London Crime Prevention Association, The Security Institute, ASIS International, the International Professional Security Association and ADS Group) are hoping to raise in excess of £20,000 which will be split equally between the two charities – the St Giles Trust and PTSD Resolution.

St Giles Trust aims to help break the cycle of prison, crime and disadvantage, creating safer communities by supporting people to help them change their lives. The charity offers a range of services which have helped over 16,000 clients overcome any barriers which might be holding them back from moving forward. Ultimately, it equips people with skills to help them live independent lives.

PTSD Resolution is a charity that offers a unique service counselling to the UK Armed Forces, TA and Regular Reserves (including their dependants) to relieve mental health problems resulting from Military Service and the traumas that they have faced.

The PTSD Resolution Outreach Programme has over 200 counsellors trained in trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy and provides a valuable contact point for anyone requiring counselling, complimentary to the work of the other armed forces charities.

Unique and exciting initiative

Don Randall – chairman of the organising committee and the City of London Crime Prevention Association – explained: “I’m honoured to be part of this fundraising project which has brought together professionals from the various security associations in the UK and will deliver what I hope will be an annual event on everyone’s calendar for many years to come.”

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Don Randall: chairman of the City of London Crime Prevention Association

Emma Shaw, chairman of The Security Institute, added: “This event provides a perfect opportunity for the security profession to work together to raise substantial funds for two extremely worthwhile charities closely associated with the security sector. The Security Institute is absolutely delighted to be involved in this unique and exciting initiative.”

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

Emma Shaw CSyP: chairman of The Security Institute

*To secure your place at this very special event, please access the booking link:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-joint-security-associations-fundraising-event-2014-tickets-11414066781

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Nedap looks ahead during the 2014 ASIS European Security Conference

Although the 13th Edition of the ASIS European Security Conference at The Hague is still in full swing, Nedap is already looking back on a successful event.

As Gold Sponsor, the company was closely involved in the organisation of the ASIS Welcome Party. In addition, Nedap’s CEO Ruben Wegman took part in Wednesday’s opening plenary panel discussion on ‘The Future of Security Technology’.

Six months after the decision taken by ASIS and Nedap to add an informal networking event to the conference programme, the ASIS Welcome Party – powered by Nedap – took place at The World Forum in The Hague, Netherlands on Tuesday 1 April. 350 enthusiastic security professionals caught up on developments in the security sector.

ASIS International president Richard Widup at the Welcome Party

ASIS International president Richard Widup at the Welcome Party

At the beginning of the evening, the multi-talented Niek Boes played the role of his spectacular character, which party attendees soon referred to as ‘The Robotic Man’. Delegates also enjoyed the musical performance of Keys & Colors, who played requests during the evening.

The Future of Security Technology

On Wednesday 2 April from 10.30 am-11.20 am, Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman contributed to the plenary panel discussion on ‘The Future of Security Technology’.

This session was moderated by British journalist Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI (Media Solutions Manager for UBM Live’s Security and Fire Portfolio) and also featured Ray Mauritsson (president and CEO at Axis Communications) and Roland Billeter, president of continental Europe at Tyco Integrated Fire and Security.

During the discussions, Wegman explained his vision on the role of hardware in physical security, to which he cited the importance of a change in the thinking of ‘traditional’ security suppliers.

“Looking at the current security market, you see that little has changed in the last decades,” stated Wegman. “That’s remarkable, especially when you consider that a security system handles huge amounts of data and functions as one of the major IT systems within a company.”

Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman (left) chats with colleagues at the ASIS European Security Conference Welcome Party

Nedap CEO Ruben Wegman (left) chats with colleagues at the ASIS European Security Conference Welcome Party

Wegman continued: “That’s quite a paradox, because in physical security hardware is still leading. Controllers are often dedicated to perform only one functionality, such as access control. This is rarely beneficial to clients, who often encounter inflexible systems where expansion is unnecessarily expensive. A patchwork of systems may be the end result.”

Nedap’s CEO added: “Taking this into consideration, it’s important that physical security systems start to behave in a similar fashion to IT systems, where generic hardware and open standards have already been a logical concept for many years. For the future of physical security I foresee the same principle.”

Wegman is adamant that generic hardware and open standards in security are the only way to ensure that security systems can easily be tailor-made according to customer requirements and be easily integrated with existing IT systems.”

In conclusion, Wegman explained: “The security industry has to invest in making generic hardware and standardising software so that customers receive the freedom they need to roll out a scalable and flexible system on a global basis.”

The 14th edition of the ASIS European Security Conference takes place in Frankfurt between 29-31 March 2015.

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